AKS crowned school cricket champions a term late

Alex Higham hits out for AKS

Alex Higham hits out for AKS

The belated year 9 cricket final for Wyre and Fylde schools was well worth the wait.

Bad weather saw the showpiece between AKS and Hodgson held over from last term and it finally took place on Monday.

The scene was set for a competitive match as Hodgson won the toss and elected to field at AKS.

The hosts got off to a good start as Alex Higham and Harrison Child took the score to 21 in the third over, before Child (5) was well bowled by Haddow.

The momentum switched to Hodgson as Sam Mellodew completed his three-over spell with 2-10, including a wicket maiden.

Higham maintained impetus with the bat before he retired on 28 in the 10th over.

Although Toby O’Neil contributed well with an unbeaten 12, credit to the good fielding and tight bowling of Hodgson to restrict AKS to 73.

The Hodgson innings began in similar fashion but the dismissal of openers Haddow and Foster by Child and Higham hampered the run chase.

It was, however ,the left-arm bowling of Oliver Raynor (3-7), with a three wicket maiden, that really changed the context of the game along with a second wicket for Child.

Laycock and Ashton showed good resistance in the Hodgson lower order but their team finished 22 runs short on 51-7.

Victory for AKS in a fine contest and the schools are looking forward to a rematch in the eight-a-side 
competition.

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